Austin, TX --National Instruments kicked off it's annual NI Week gathering on Wednesday. Not only was it a celebration of the company's 25th anniversary, but the launch of Version 6.0 of its Measurement StudioTM.
Expanded measurement capabilities in the package now include the ability to integrate vision and motion hardware into measurement applications. Engineers can do this via new intuitive, task-oriented software interfaces. There are also more driver ActiveX controls for Visual Basic for better instrument compatibility. And with the updated interface controls, engineers can readily display data on "professional quality" graphs.
In automation, NI also announced the FieldPoint TM 2000 Family that enables using LabVIEW embedded on compact industrial I/O nodes to build real-time distributed monitoring and control systems.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.